Just seven years after debuting as a Canadian cricket administrator, Vimal Hardat has emerged as the national federation’s new president.
He was the only candidate on the slate for Cricket Canada’s presidency at last weekend’s annual general meeting.
In 2007, Hardat was elected vice-president of the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League. He later served as president of the league and Cricket British Columbia – he still holds that position – and vice-president of Cricket Canada.
Hardat acknowledges that each president brings his own style of leadership and personal attributes to the position.
“Let’s just say my style is straightforward and simple,” he said. “I don’t like to micro-manage. I am blessed with an expert slate of people and who are all very capable. I will lean on them and use my skills and expertise for us to work as a cohesive unit to advance the sport. The other thing is I have worked with three presidents (Ben Sennik, Ranjit Saini and Ravin Moorthy) and I have learned from their successes and failures. I know there is room for improvement as we move forward.”
Born in Bangkok, Hardat studied in India and at Assumption University in Thailand where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and the University of Alberta where he secured a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004.
He started playing the sport in Edmonton a few years later and moved into administration the second year after relocating to British Columbia.
A former mortgage broker, Hardat is a team manager with a Vancouver-based staffing and technology solutions company. He replaces Ravin Moorthy who has stepped down as president after two years.
“I think it’s just time for me to move aside,” said Moorthy who is a project development manager with Syncrude Canada Ltd. in Calgary. “It’s time for me to look at advancing my personal career and also devote more time to my family. I have given the last seven years to Cricket Canada in an administrative capacity and now is an opportunity for some other people to come in with new ideas.”
Moorthy, who at age 35 became one of Cricket Canada’s youngest presidents two years ago, did not rule out the possibility of returning to the top position.
“There is always a second act somewhere along the line, so you never know,” he said. “The board has assigned me a few tasks, so I will still be involved in the sport.”
Moorthy, whose kids are six and three years of age, was engaged in negotiations with Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organizers to bring the opening ceremony and three first round matches to the Greater Toronto Area in July.
“I have the contract to be signed, but I cannot do it as I am no longer the president,” he told Share at Cricket Canada’s inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Saturday night.
Hardat said he has not seen the contract.
“I honestly don’t know anything about it,” he said. “I have absolutely zero knowledge.”
Toronto Cricket Club, meanwhile, has rejected an offer to host the first round contests.
“The club was approached,” Howard Petrook, the vice-chair of the club cricket’s section, confirmed. “It however takes about six to eight months to get city permits and other contracts approved to host a tournament of this magnitude. There was just not enough time.”
The matches could be played at King City’s Maple Leaf ground which, eight years ago, was approved by the International Cricket Council to host One-Day Internationals.
The second annual CPL competition runs from July to August 8.
Cricket Canada has a new secretary for the first time in 20 years. Zafar Khan of Alberta replaces Calvin Clarke who stepped aside at the last moment.
“The expectation seemed to be that I was not going to run for the position,” said Clarke who was the national body’s longest serving administrator. “When I realized there was some politics involved, I pulled out.”
Amit Joshi of Nova Scotia is the first vice-president and Quebec’s Charles Pais remains as treasurer. The directors are Mukesh Narula of Ontario, Senthil Selvamani of Newfoundland and Mike Sharma of Saskatchewan.